“A Night at Sea” was the theme for the Saturday fundraiser held at the Portage Country Club to benefit WITAN of Akron.
The evening included food, casino-style gaming, bingo, a silent auction and entertainment. This year’s co-chairs were Doris Antal and Deb Sutter.
WITAN has volunteered more than 2 million hours in the community and raised over $2 million for charity.
One of the nonprofit groups that receives help is OPEN M. Director Bob Titus said, “WITAN has been so faithful to us helping women in poverty to find and sustain jobs in our jobs program.”
Members of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority volunteered at the event. Olivia Doria sold raffle tickets for a cruise to the Bahamas as well as a silver and gold diamond cuff bracelet.
Mingling in the crowd were John Hlivko, Liz Hays, Jill and Jim Pangas, Ted and Teresa Good, and Jim and Linda Sedlacek.
“I’ve been a member for 25 years and this group is great for Akron,” Linda Sedlacek said.
New WITAN member Karen Sears explained why she joined the group: “I wanted to meet people and help the community and so far it’s been very rewarding.”
President Andrea Wlaszyn welcomed the 200 guests as they sat down for dinner.
Soloist Joseph Shaffer took to the main stage to entertain the audience.
Longtime supporters Jim and Diana Snider like the group because it is a grass-roots charity.
“So many times people want to make a difference in the community, and WITAN lets people do just that in a very meaningful way,” Diana Snider said.